Focusrite Scarlett 6i6

USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 6-in/6-out, 24-bit/192kHz, with 2 Mic/Instrument Inputs, 2 Line Inputs, and Bundled Software - Mac/PC
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Huge Focusrite Sound in a Small Package

The second-generation Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 USB audio interface gives you a ton of flexibility for a portable interface. Two vibrant Focusrite mic/instrument preamps are right on the front panel where you need them, while the back panel hosts two additional line inputs and four line outputs. With MIDI I/O and two channels of S/PDIF I/O, the Scarlett 6i6 is a perfect foundation for home or project studios that may need to expand in the future. And with its rugged metal unibody design, the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 is perfect for recording on the go. Plug in, fire up the bundled software, and you're ready to rock.

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 at a Glance:

  • Optimized second-generation technology
  • Super-low latency for better performances
  • Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast
  • Smart I/O configuration for small-format recording
  • Powerful signal management

Optimized second-generation technology

The 2nd-generation Focusrite Scarlett 6i6's exterior has undergone a sleek makeover. Under the hood, though, it's been tweaked and upgraded to deliver better sonics, lower latency, and enhanced ease of use. With sample rates up to 192kHz, you've got studio-grade sound you can take anywhere. And Focusrite has evened out the gain structure of the natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps, letting you set levels more accurately. The instrument inputs have also been reengineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett 6i6's inputs and outputs, safeguarding your interface from damaging power surges.

Super-low latency for better performances

You know you perform better when you've got a great-sounding monitor mix with everything you need to hear to be inspired — for example, reverb and delay on a guitar solo. The Scarlett 6i6's super-low latency lets you monitor with native plug-in effects in real time, so you can hear your parts as you envision them and record better performances. At Sweetwater, we know you can't put a price on that.

Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast

The Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 ships with a killer software bundle headlined by the exclusive Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, which features a 16-track version of the DAW with 12 additional plug-ins, including Eleven Lite guitar amp emulation. You also get Ableton Live Lite, Softube's Time and Tone Bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples, and more. Focusrite has included everything you need to get up and running fast.

Smart I/O configuration for small-format recording

The Scarlett 6i6 is a smart interface for small-format recording tasks. There are many compact interfaces out there, but few combine XLR inputs for your mics, hi-Z inputs for instruments, line inputs, and even S/PDIF digital I/O. At Sweetwater, we know that flexible connectivity is crucial even when you're recording one track at a time, and that makes the Scarlett 6i6 a smart solution.

Powerful signal management

To keep all of those channels under control, Focusrite included their acclaimed MixControl software for ultimate versatility. Create up to six separate mono mixes or three stereo mixes, each routable to any of the Scarlett 6i6's outputs. Save your mixes for instant recall later on. Reroute your signal path without having to replug your whole studio. The Scarlett 6i6 was built with flexibility in mind.

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Features:

  • 2 great-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with generous even gain
  • 2 reengineered instrument inputs accommodate the hottest pickups
  • 2 front-panel mic/instrument combo jacks; 2 rear-panel line inputs
  • Class-leading converters, sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Headphone output with volume control
  • Vanishingly low latency lets you monitor with plug-ins, no DSP required
  • 4 balanced 1/4" outputs; S/PDIF I/O
  • MIDI I/O for sending/receiving MIDI notes to/from a keyboard controller
  • Compact, roadworthy chassis goes where you go
  • USB to host for connection to your computer

Remote control from your iPhone or iPad

With the free Focusrite iOS Control app, you can adjust the mixes you made with Focusrite Control on the desktop app from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Included software bundle:

  • Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite
  • Softube Time and Tone Pack
  • Exclusive Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
  • Ableton Live Lite DAW software
  • Loopmasters sounds and samples (1GB)
  • Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synth

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Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 6 x 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo, 2 x 1/4" (line in)
Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4" (line out), 2 x 1/4" (headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out
USB 1 x USB Type B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.10 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Power Supply 12V DC power supply
Manufacturer Part Number Scarlett 6i6

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Beautiful

My second Focusrite. I enjoyed the Saffire 6 USB. This is superior. It is full and gorgeous. No regrets. No brainer.
5/5

Focusrite loyalist

This is my 2nd Focusrite, I had a Pro24 DSP that I used for a very long time. The green=go level setting is great, and I love the fact that you save and recall different sets I/O and mixer settings. The line inputs and S/PDIF allow me connect all of my gear so I never have to re-patch. Oh yeah, it sounds great too :)
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5/5

Get It

I've had mine a little over a week and couldn't be happier. Latency is amazingly low!Has ample power do drive my JBL LSR308's like a champ.Had a pre-sale question for Focusrite support and got the most detailed and accurate answer. Gave me the confidence to purchase. Also had another opportunity to contact support (just something I didn't understand). Again, support was courteous, responsive, and accurate.My only issue is the new Focusrite Control. I wish that had a manual that JUST covered the 6i6, rather that one that covered all models. I'm not finding the new mixing software to be as intuitive as I would like.Overall.....Awesome product and support!
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4.5/5

Quality Audio Box

Excellent sound quality, low latency, enough inputs for a stereo keyboard, stereo DAW, a mic, and still has room for another mic or instrument. Software is flexible as you'd expect. The GUI is a bit arcane, with tiny nomenclature, but not hard to learn.
4.5/5

Great Box, UI needs work.

The latency on this thing is negligible. Even listening to the final live mix with a microphone plugged in to the 6i6, routed through the computer and Ableton for reverb and effects, then back out through the 6i6 there was no discernible delay.Playing live with it, though, I'm not a fan of the low-contrast gray-on-black 'material design' on the Focusrite Control software. The button and slider icons are very small on a 15" screen, and the chosen colors don't help visibility. Forget checking the positions at a glance. Though the bright green level meters are plenty visible, they further obscure the slider positions right next to them.Another small thing is that the inputs you choose are global - they all stay visible no matter which output you have selected, though muting and volume are controlled separately for each output. This arrangement might make it easier to change inputs on the fly, but it makes the feel kludgy, as the display doesn't represent your chosen routings. Larger, more contrasty controls would help this, as would dimming muted channels, but I still think allowing unused inputs to be hidden per output would be more direct and intuitive.Still, these are very small issues in a great overall product. Most people running live will set the routings once and use a mixer or DAW to change levels, if they don't have a sound person doing it. If you're using it in a studio, these small UI issues become less than noticeable. Excellent low latency makes the direct monitoring feature, though nice to have, hardly worth mentioning, and the build quality is superb.
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